I do love a good nosey around shops. There really is something quite satisfying about just wandering around a shop and looking at everything, whether you're buying anything or not. It's even more satisfying when everything you're looking at was crafted in your home country. Call it mild patriotism, call it a moment of pride, call it whatever; It was very satisfying indeed.
So, a little insight as to why I was feeling very proud of Scotland. I was invited to visit the Made From Scotland pop up boutique that has recently opened on Edinburgh's Rose Street! If you don't know, Made From Scotland is an online store that has recently delved into having an actual store that you can visit. They sell beautiful products that are made exclusively by Scottish designers, aiming to offer a variety of contemporary items ranging from home ware, jewellery, fashion and art. I was really excited when I got the email inviting me along, so I made plans to finish work early and bus it down to the city centre. I arrived a little early so I was able to get in and get a few photos of some of the designers work before they were too busy with a lot of people bustling around. There were a lot of people there, so I was glad that I got some photos before hand, it got quite crowded so it would have made getting any other photos quite difficult with bodies blocking the products.
Everything in the store was simply beautiful and, for me at least, because I knew that they were all made by Scottish designers and artists, it made them all the more appealing. I can't really put my finger on why, but there was just something about it being designed by someone in Scotland that grabbed me. I think it's because I'm so used to seeing people's homes with generic Ikea furniture (mine included), a wardrobe full of Primark clothes (mine included) and samey decorations (again, mine included) that it was lovely to see something a little out of the norm; a one off type of deal. I don't know, it's difficult to explain, but I'm sure you get the idea.
It was a lovely night, which resulted in me coming home and browsing the online shop for a solid hour and making a wishlist on my phone. I've put some of my favourite pieces below just to give you an idea of the type of thing they offer. I mean, how amazing is that floral stag?!
Be sure to check the site out, I guarantee you'll find something to love!
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